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NOTE:   due to storm damage the MLK Center is closed.    We will keep you updated on progress of repairs.  Please call 341.7855 for more information.

401 S. 8th Street
Wilmington, NC
Phone: 910.341.7866 or TTY Relay 711

Mary Jones,  MLK Center Supervisor 910.341.0053
Cliff Barnett, Recreation Coordinator  910.341.0056
Marqus Davis, Youth Athletics  9910.341.0057


Community Kitchen project

With the help of Community Enrichment Initiatives, Inc. (CEII), the MLK, Jr. Community Center will soon be the home of a new community kitchen. In August 2017, the Wilmington City Council approved the ADVANCE project, which is a joint initiative between the City of Wilmington, CEII and the United States Green Building Council - North Carolina.

According to CEII's website, "The MLK Center needs a certified community kitchen to create a source of fresh, healthy food in a food desert, establish food education related programs, and serve as an economic incubator for startups and the new King's Market." 

Rental Information


  • Community Center Building/Gym
  • 6 tennis courts with lights 
  • Playground
  • 3 Ball Fields
  • William Murphy Swimming Pool 


  • Monday - Friday: 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.


  • Afterschool Program
  • Summer Day Camp & Basketball Camp    Flyer 
  • Art from the Heart (for adults with disabilities)
  • Athletic programs
  • GED Program offered by CFCC 
  • Senior Programs
  • Special Events
  • Teen Programs

Youth Athletics Information

Click on link above for information about youth basketball clinic and leagues

Gym Schedule 

Open Gym is free for all ages.  Cost:   Free

Adult Open Gym (18/up)
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 10 a.m. -12 p.m.

Youth Open Gym 17/under
Monday – Friday  3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Open Gym - Adults with Disabilities
Wed. 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.

Monday &  Friday 12 p.m. - 3 p.m.

NOTE: Gym hours are subject to change
due to evening programs. Please call 341.7866
ahead to assure gym will be open to public.


Senior Activities

Senior Basketball
Tuesdays & Thursdays   10 a.m. – 12 noon

Pickle Ball 
Mondays & Fridays: 12:00 noon - 3:00 p.m.

There is no cost for the senior programs.

    For more information email or 910.341.7866.

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